idcloak Technologies, known for its free Web Unblocker proxy, has released a new article on the looming threat of internet censorship in the US and the world more widely. The piece calls for a deeper public awareness of how to unblock blocked sites before the censorship curtain falls. "All signs clearly point to growing control and restrictiveness online," says Terence Shull, chief researcher at idcloak. "But sadly, attitudes towards web censorship are apathetic: there is a sense of 'we'll deal with it when it happens'. But by delaying, we are making ourselves vulnerable and inviting the eventuality."
"At present, the internet remains a very easy medium to censor – everyone is connected with a public IP address and freely divulges to every site and service who and where they are. With such a transparent infrastructure in place, all it takes is one bad law and our internet will become as restricted as China's. Indeed, if you look at the last few years of proposed US and UK legislation, that's absolutely where we are heading."
Shull says a shift in perspective is needed more than concerted action:
The internet could be uncensorable if we just started changing our relationship with it.
The article recommends anonymous VPN services as the way forward. This software-based technology, which idcloak is itself developing, allows users to access the internet securely and anonymously from whichever country they choose.
Their original global location is removed from their internet activity.
In a world where everyone used VPNs, or at least a sizable part of it, national and corporate control of the internet would slip away. Whether we like it or not, those controlling the web see it as a resource – a platform for investment and surveillance. The only way it will remain a medium – a thoroughfare for connectivity and communication – is if the people care enough to protect it as such.
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